Joe Delgado • Executive VP Sales & Marketing
Joe Delgado spent fifteen years at Christie in increasing positions of responsibility, as National Sales Manager, Director of Sales, and Vice President of Sales. During his tenure he increased by 10-fold the cinema presentation product sales of Christie, helping the company become a major force in the cinema industry. Previously he held various positions at JVC, including Sales Representative for video products for the Los Angeles and Las Vegas markets.
Bevan Wright • Executive VP Operations
In the industry since 1985, Bevan spent ten years as Cinema Systems Product and Engineering Manager at Christie, directing product development and engineering support for all cinema product lines, managing the product lines to develop and bring to market fully-integrated solutions for cinema exhibitors. Previously he held engineering and operations positions at Christie, United Artists, and with other cinema exhibitors. He holds the Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Jerry Van de Rydt • President, Rydt Entertainment Systems
Jerry has been involved in the cinema industry for over 30 years. Previously he ran the Los Angeles office of MTS, which under his leadership became the largest cinema equipment distributor on the West Coast, outfitting over 2,000 screens for clients such as Pacific, Edwards, Mann, Harkins, & Krikorian Theaters, Deluxe Laboratories just to name a few. In 2002, he started his own company, Rydt Entertainment Systems which MiT aquired 3 years later.
David Richards • Sr. VP Engineering
David Richards has been our Senior Vice President, Engineering since the company’s founding in 2003. Mr. Richards has worked in the cinema industry since 1985. He spent seven years in engineering and engineering management positions at Christie Digital Systems prior to the founding of MiT. He has been active in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) since 1986, serving on the SMPTE committees that created the standards for d-cinema, as well as other committees responsible for cinema standards. Mr. Richards is past chair of the SMPTE Hollywood section (’96-’97), and was Program Chair for SMPTE Film Conferences held in Los Angeles in 1997 and 1998. He is the author of several technical papers and articles for various trade publications. He has an extensive background in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering design.
Phil Rafnson • Chairman
Phil Rafnson has been a major participant in the cinema equipment business for over 30 years going from a sound engineer for RCA Service Co. to National Sales Manager for Xetron Inc., to President and owner of “MTS” the largest cinema equipment distribution company in the world until he sold his company, Media Technology Source, in 1999. He has served as Board member of the International Theatre Equipment Association for 12 years and Officer and President of that association for more than 4 years.
Thomas Lipiec • Sr. VP Sales & Customer Service
Thomas Lipiec has over 40 years of professional experience in the cinema industry. Tom’s career began by occupying several positions at various cinema exhibitors. He later obtained engineering positions at Lucasfilm/THX and was the Director of the post-production division of THX Ltd. Additionally, he was the Vice President of Business Development at C3D. Tom’s involvement with Lucasfilm included collaborations with Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). These specific technical efforts gained him 2 movie credits for Star Wars: Episode I and Star Wars: Episode II (D.C. & DVD). Tom joined MiT in October 2003 and has been an integral part of sales and product development ever since.